This year has meant many unwelcome changes
for most people. And many have had to endure
cataclysmic upheavals. I would have to count myself
as comparatively fortunate. Sadly I had to forego
working in my Rajasthan studio on the edge of a lake.
I moved full time to my studio in the Cotswolds where
I found that lockdown was a welcome antidote to the
usual distractions. It enforced a change of perspective
but, as it turned out, no reduction in things to paint.
An English hedgerow in summer is a worthy match
for an Indian market or a festival of colour. I still had
a wealth of Indian images which I have drawn on.
But I also enjoyed looking more acutely at my immediate
surroundings. And there was no shortage of time to walk
in the wonderful landscapes around me, encouraged by
my dog, a true aesthete.
The gallery have, as always, been generous in allowing
me a loose rein. So the exhibition includes a slightly
oblique look at life in India, walks through the summer
hedgerows at home, and a bid for freedom in Venice.
The maxim ‘Ars Longa, Vita Brevis‘ is perhaps a little
sombre. But I’ve chosen to read it as an encouragement.
Painting has so far seen me through these difficult times.
I hope you enjoy the results.